Enter the tension force of the elevator motor, the elevator mass, and the acceleration due to gravity into the calculator to determine the Elevator Acceleration. 

Elevator Acceleration Formula

The following equation is used to calculate the Elevator Acceleration.

EA = T / m – g

  • Where EA is the Elevator Acceleration (m/s^2)
  • T is the tension force of the elevator motor (N)
  • m is the elevator mass (kg)
  • g is the acceleration due to gravity ( 9.81 m/s^2)

What are the units for Elevator Acceleration?

The most common units for Elevator Acceleration are m/s^2.

How to Calculate Elevator Acceleration?

Example Problem:

The following example problem outlines the steps and information required to calculate the Elevator Acceleration.

First, determine the tension force of the elevator motor. In this example, the tension force of the elevator motor is measured to be 1500 (N).

Next, determine the elevator mass. For this problem, the elevator mass is calculated to be 400 (kg).

Finally, calculate the Elevator Acceleration using the formula above: 

EA = T / m – g

Inserting the values from above and solving the equation gives us: 

EA = 1500 / 400 – 9.81 = -6.06 (m/s^2)